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“Far more species are declining than increasing in the UK, including many of our most treasured species. Alarmingly, a large number of them are threatened with extinction. The causes are varied, but most are ultimately due to the way we are using our land and seas and their natural resources, often with little regard for the wildlife which we share with them. The impact on plants and animals has been profound.it is heartening to see so many organisations coming together to provide a single voice, stating loud and clear what is happening to our wildlife.”
— Sir David Attenborough, State of Nature Report, 2016, and author and presenter of the nine Life series in conjunction with the BBC Natural History Unit, which collectively form a comprehensive survey of animal and plant life on the planet.

“Humanity is passing through a bottleneck of overpopulation and environmental destruction. At the other end, if we pass through safely and take most of Earth’s life forms with us, human existence could be a paradise compared to today.”
— E.O. Wilson, known as the 'father of biodiversity', biologist, researcher, theorist, naturalist and author. He is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for "On Human Nature" and "The Ants", and a New York Times bestseller for "The Social Conquest of Earth", "Letters to a Young Scientist", and "The Meaning of Human Existence".

“Without pollinators, many of us would no longer be able to enjoy coffee, chocolate and apples, among many other foods that are part of our daily lives.”
— Simon Potts, Ph.D., co-chair of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Report, and Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading, United Kingdom.

“Pollinators are important contributors to world food production and nutritional security. Their health is directly linked to our own well-being.”
— Vera Lucia Imperatriz-Fonseca, Ph.D., co-chair of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Report, and Senior Professor at the University of São Paulo.

“The growing threat to pollinators, which play an important role in food security, provides another compelling example of how connected people are to our environment, and how deeply entwined our fate is with that of the natural world. As we work towards food security, it is important to approach the challenge with a consideration of the environmental impacts that drive the issue. Sustainable development, including improving food security for the world’s population, necessitates an approach that embraces the environment.”
— Achim Steiner, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

“In the context of the IPBES report on pollinators, pollination and food production, for the first time, science and indigenous knowledge have been brought together to assess an important biodiversity-dependent service - pollination - in support of food security and its contribution to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. UNESCO is pleased to have contributed directly to this effort.”
— Irina Bokova, Director General, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

“Pollination services are an ‘agricultural input’ that ensure the production of crops. All farmers, especially family farmers and smallholders around the world, benefit from these services. Improving pollinator density and diversity has a direct positive impact on crop yields, consequently promoting food and nutrition security. Hence, enhancing pollinator services is important for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as for helping family farmers’ adaptation to climate change.”
— José Graziano da Silva, Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

“The complex and integrated development challenges we face today demand that decision-making be based on sound science and takes into account indigenous and local knowledge. Embracing science in areas such as pollination will contribute to better informed policy choices that will protect ecosystem services that are important for both food security and poverty eradication. UNDP is proactively contributing to promoting dialogue between scientists, policy-makers and practitioners on this and related topics, supporting countries in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”
— Nik Sekhran, Director/Chief of Profession, Sustainable Development, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)